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Welcome to Mrs. Wilt's Class!

Science & Social Studies

2017-2018

 

 
A little bit about me...

This is my 27th year in education. I'm beginning my 3rd year at Decker Prairie and I absolutely love the people & the community we have here!  Before Tomball, I taught for 16 years in Magnolia ISD and 8 years in Aldine ISD. I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and from Lamar University in 2013 where I received my Master's degree in Educational Administration.

At home I live with my husband and our 3 dogs.  I am a huge football fan and root for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Houston Texans every week during football season.  My favorite things begin with the letter s: Starbucks, Steelers & School! I am looking forward to a fantastic year of learning with you!

 
 
 

Recent Posts

Geography Vocabulary Quiz September 21st

We will have a quiz on our geography vocabulary. The words and definitions are in your child's Social Studies INB.  We've been studying these words since Wednesday, September 13th.  

What are we doing this week?

The week of September 18th:
 
Social Studies- It is Freedom Week and Monday is Constitution Day.  We will discuss our US Constitution, the Preamble and what they mean.  We will review geography vocabulary, state symbols & regions of Texas.
 
Science- In science we will begin our unit on Matter, discussing the physical properties of solids, liquids and gases.  We will also review tools used in science and have a test on those tools soon.

Meet the Teacher

Come meet your teachers from 3:30 - 5:30 pm on Monday, August 21st. Bring your school supplies if you can.  See you then!

What's going on this week?

The week of May 22nd:
This week we will continue our study on countries and present what we've learned to our classmates.  
We will continue practicing the standard algorithm for division in math, getting ready for 5th grade.  

What's going on this week?

May 15th-May 19th
We will be practicing the standard algorithm of division in math.
In science we will learn about natural resources, both renewable and nonrenewable resources.  Nonrenewable resources include coal, oil and natural gas.  

Science Benchmark Thursday, May 18th

Please study your INBs to prepare for our end of the year science test.  Thank you!

STAAR testing May 8th and 9th

Monday, May 8th will be our math STAAR test.
Tuesday, May 9th is our reading STAAR test.  
Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast so their brains and bodies are ready to work!  Thank you!

Field Trip is Saturday!

Our field trip to Austin is this Saturday, April 29th.  Make sure you arrive at Decker Prairie at 7:15 am.  Bring your lunch and snack to eat for dinner. You may bring your phone.  No backpacks are allowed.  If you have any questions, please call me.  Thank you!

Data & Finance vocabulary

Our quiz will be next Tuesday, April 25th. 

 

Stem-and-leaf plot

A Stem and Leaf Plot is a special table where each data value is split into a "stem" (the first digit or digits) and a "leaf" (usually the ones place)


Dot plot

A dot chart or dot plot is a statistical chart consisting of data points plotted on a fairly simple scale, typically using filled in circles.


Frequency table

A table that lists a set of scores and their frequency (how many times each one occurs)


Expense- An expense is the amount paid or cost for a good or a service.


Fixed expenses- A fixed expense is an expense or cost that occurs regularly and the cost does not vary from month to month. Examples would include rent, car payment, insurance, dues (gym membership) and daycare.


Variable expenses-  A variable expense is an expense or cost that occurs cost varies from month to month. Examples may include electricity, groceries, gas, eating out and birthday gifts.


Profit- Profit is the amount of money that is made after all of the costs and expenses are deducted. Profit is calculated by subtracting expenses (or costs) from income


Financial institutions- A financial institution is an establishment that focuses on dealing with financial transactions such as investments, loans, and deposits usually banks, credit unions, or other investment companies


Withdrawal- to take money out of your account

Deposit- to put money into your checking or savings account

What's going on this week?

The week of April 10th:
In math we will be measuring angles, reviewing our benchmark and diving into data analysis.  We will look at dot plots, frequency tables and stem-and-leaf plots.
In science, we are working together with our ELA teachers.  The kids are working on a research project on animals.  Animal adaptations and habitats will be highlighted.

What are we learning this week?

We are reviewing geometry in math this week.  In science, we are identifying moon phases and parts of the water cycle.

Geometry vocabulary***Quiz on March 31st

Line- a straight path of points that goes on and on in two directions


Line segment- a straight path of points that has a definite beginning and definite ending


Parallel lines- 2 or more lines that are the same distance apart and never cross


Perpendicular lines- lines that cross and create right angles


Intersecting lines- lines that cross but don’t necessarily create right angles


Ray- is a line with a definite beginning and goes on in the other direction


Line of symmetry- a line that divides a figure creating a mirror image of the other half


Acute angle- an angle that measures less than 90 degrees


Right angle- an angle that measures exactly 90 degrees


Obtuse angle- an angle that measures more than 90 degrees